Nutriton Officer (Temporary Appointment)
Purpose of the post:
The Nutrition Officer contributes to the overall effort of Country Programme implementation at state level within the framework of micronutrients programmes under Child Nutrition and Development programme and works closely with Departments of Health, Women and Child Development and Education at division and district level.
Takes responsibility for extending technical assistance in planning, implementing and monitoring of high impact interventions at division and district level, supporting system strengthening, monitoring and reporting of micronutrient nutrition and anemia control through Departments of Women and Child Development, Health and Family Welfare and Education.
The job holder works at the state, division and district level under the daily supervision of Nutrition Specialist.
Major Duties and Responsibilities:-
Contributes and supports the development and/or introduction of new approaches, methods and practices in project management and evaluation at division and district level.
In the focus districts, supports monitoring and implementation of the main thrusts of nutrition sector programme with special focus on addressing micronutrient malnutrition, (Bi-annual Vitamin A supplementation, anemia programme for adolescent girls and children, and promotion of adequately iodized salt); community based model of nutrition care to address child malnutrition and ICDS/NRHM systems quality improvement.
Reviews and compiles progress reports and input-output statistics and data analysis at State level with specific reference to childhood nutrition and micronutrient nutrition interventions.
Facilitates the integration of input/advice from the Child Development and Nutrition Section (Technical Centre for Excellence) in Delhi.
Monitoring and Evaluation
In co-ordination with programme partners such as Micronutrient Initiative and MP Technical Assistant Support Team (TAST) undertakes routine monitoring and coverage assessment and facilitates reviews and supports establishing surveillance systems for monitoring key nutrition indicators at Division and District level. Undertakes regular field visits to monitor programmes (including cash and supply assistance), as well as conducting periodic programme reviews with government counterparts, other partners and UNICEF supported field technical staff. Contribute to the identification and recommendation of necessary actions for adjustments in the Child Nutrition and Development programme.
Capacity building and technical assistance for Government
Assists government authorities, in partnership with training institutions, to plan and organize capacity building programmes in Vitamin A supplementation, anemia control programme and Universal Salt iodization initiatives. Identifies training needs for the purpose of capacity building and sustainability of programme/projects. Selects and compiles training and orientation materials for those involved in Child Development and Nutrition programme implementation.
Provides technical expertise as required, facilitates learning exchanges as well as policy influencing.
Supports research and documentation on selected nutrition projects and tracking on social inclusion in Child Development and Nutrition interventions.
Assists in development of appropriate communication and information materials to support and/or advocate development of childhood nutrition and micronutrient nutrition projects to enable more effective change in key care behaviors related to nutrition, health, hygiene and sanitation.
Supports strengthening of inter-sectoral collaboration within the state and/or sector with programme colleagues to share knowledge and programming experiences.
Supplies and Cash Assistance
Minimum Qualifications, Experience and competencies required:
• University degree in Nutrition/public Health or modern systems of medicine. In-depth knowledge of nutrition and development sectors required.
Other skills and attributes
• Current knowledge of development issues, strategies, as well as programming policies and procedures in development cooperation.
Applications consisting of a covering letter; an up-to-date CV and a completed Personal History form (Download Here) should be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org two weeks of publication of this advertisement.
UNICEF is a non-smoking working environment. Applications from qualified women are encouraged.